Indian-American California senator Kamala Harris has topped the prestigious Foreign Policy magazine`s 2017 list of `50 Leading Global Thinkers` which also features US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. Besides Harris and Haley, Indian-origin stand-up comedian Hasan Minhaj has also made it to the list which recognises a remarkable range of individuals who have found ways to exert enormous influence, often in unexpected ways, on a wide range of issues. “They are the doers who defined 2017,” said Foreign Policy while releasing its annual list of global thinkers, which this year number 50 instead of 100 as was mostly the case in previous years. Topping the list is Harris, 53, for giving the Democratic Party hope in the era of President Donald Trump. Harris, the daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father, is the first-ever Indian-American to be elected to the US Senate. Seen as a potential Democratic presidential candidate, Harris is the only black woman in the Senate. Her professional bona fides and two decades as a prosecutor, her commitment to social justice (she has made immigrants` rights and bail reform the focus of her first year in office), and her personal `firsts` make her appealing to voters still smarting from (Hillary) Clinton`s loss and hungry for a charismatic non-white, non-male presidential candidate.